Mosquito Vector Control Programs at First Port of Entry for International Arrivals in Australia

Civil and defence airports in Australia are obligated to meet requirements under the World Health Organisation International Health Regulations and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Biosecurity Act 2015, to prevent the importation and exportation of mosquitoes and their associated diseases. The International Health Regulations 2005 require the establishment of a Mosquito Vector Program with a surveillance distance of 400 metres from facilities used in operations involving international travellers, conveyances, containers, cargo and postal articles (Australian Government Department of Health 2017). There are many ports that operate as First Port of Entry (FPoE) for the international arrival…

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All Staff Meeting and Training 2019

By Sharon Worthing At the end of each financial year, Ecosure brings together all of its scattered employees for a day of meetings and training. This year it was held at Thunderbird Park on Tambourine Mountain. Nature at its best. During this year’s meetings we focused on reviewing the past year, delving into the coming year’s strategy, looking at our company’s BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal), welcoming a guest speaker, breakout sessions, Health and Safety and a session on mental health. This year we were honoured to have as a guest speaker Darren Grover, Head of Living Ecosystems at World…

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Ecosure to present at international conferences

Some of Ecosure's senior scientists are busy getting ready to present at prestigious international conferences: Emily Hatfield, Senior Wildlife Biologist, will be talking about Managing human/flying-fox conflict in Australia at the 18th International Bat Research Conference in Phuket, Thailand. Jess Bracks, Principal Wildlife Biologist, is speaking on Ethical management of human-derived conflict with wild and domestic dogs: case studies from Oceania at the 3rd International Conference on Dog Population Management in Mombasa, Kenya. Jen Ford, Principal Restoration Ecologist, will be presenting Scaling up – practical challenges and solutions at the 8th World Conference on Ecological Restoration in Cape Town, South…

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Rosenberg’s goanna vs Kangaroo Island’s echidna (part two of two)

This is a continuation of a previous article (here) I was working down the west end of Kangaroo Island doing some habitat restoration work with some volunteers, when one morning we encountered a sight only very few people had ever seen. We came across a Rosenberg’s goanna that had extracted a puggle from its nursery burrow and was in the process of tearing into its skin with its razor-sharp claws. The puggle’s spines were like a ‘five o’clock shadow’ and it couldn’t defend itself against the relentless and repeated slashes by the goanna. Even though there were five of us…

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Rosenberg’s goanna vs Kangaroo Island’s echidna (part one of two)

Although I have been involved with field research on Kangaroo Island’s short-beaked echidna subspecies (Tachyglossus aculeatus ssp. multiaculeatus) and Rosenberg’s goanna (Varanus rosenbergi) since 1996, my fascination for both species continues to grow. Echidnas survived the environmental conditions that wiped out the dinosaurs and are one of the few Australian fauna species that has an entirely Australia-wide distribution. This shows how versatile the species is at adapting to numerous habitat types and conditions. The Rosenberg’s goanna was once widespread from Sydney across to south-western WA but now Kangaroo Island is considered the stronghold for the species. This species is sometimes…

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Ecosure helps community sustainability groups secure funding

The Community Sustainability Action grants – Round 3: Protecting Queensland’s Threatened Species will provide grants of up to $100,000 (excluding GST) to eligible recipients for on-ground projects which benefit Queensland’s threatened flora and fauna species. Up to $1.5 million in funding is available. Activities funded will be those which encourage community participation and engagement and may include but not be limited to: Habitat improvement and protection activities such as weeding, revegetation and pest animal control Fire management Fencing Flora and fauna surveys and mapping Disease management If your organisation is considering a project, Ecosure can assist with scientific advice, proposal…

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